Parmesan Polenta for Grilling
A nice side to many Italian dish that can be made upto 3 days ahead and grilled, fried, or toasted when ready to serve. Cool and chill time not included in cook time.
- Ready In:
- 3 cups chicken stock, veal stock or 3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finly chopped (optional)
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 3⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (use olive oil with stock and butter with water) or 2 tablespoons butter (use olive oil with stock and butter with water)
- Bring stock or water (pinch of salt if using water) to boiling in a 2 quart sauce pan. Add rosemary if using. Slowly whisk in the cornmeal to the boiling stock / water, whisking constantly. Cook and whisk until mixture returns to boiling. Reduce heat to very low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Parmesan cheese and olive oil / butter.
- Pour into a greased 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. Cool 1 hour. Cover and chill several hours or over night. Polenta may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before serving. To serve, remove polenta from pan and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
- **To bake, place slices in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake, covered, in a 400 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until heated through.
- **To fry, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet or on a griddle over medium heat. Add polenta slices and cook about 6 minutes or until golden brown, turning once during cooking time.
- **To toast, lightly brush slices with olive oil and arrange on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Place under broiler, 4 to 5 inches away from the heat source, for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until golden brown and crisp.
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I think this is the first time I have made polenta and had it turn out great! I usually do something wrong, and end up with a disaster. This was so good, I loved it after it was grilled! I used half beef stock, and half chicken stock, because I already had both open and needed to use it up, and I ended up using about a cup more than the recipe called for. After it had finish grilling, I let it stand for a couple of minutes while it firmed back up, then served it. Delicious! Made for ZWT7 - Italy.